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There are many overlapping spheres of Nordic countries depending on geography, language, sociopolitical status and measure of autonomy. Here they are:
Geographically: Canada, Iceland, Norway, Denmark (plus its two territories Greenland and Faroe Islands), Sweden, Finland (and its autonomous Swedish speaking Åaland Islands) and Russia and the state of Alaska. All of these countries (also via their territories) have a claim of some kind or another over the arctic ocean and most with the North poll except Sweden.
Then there are the Nordic secular welfare states (no territories). They are Canada, Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland.
Then there is the Nordic council (a loose association of the Nordic states: Denmark (including Inuit speaking Greenland and The Faroe Islands) Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland (with the Åaland Islands).
Then there are the Nordic countries in the EU: Sweden, Denmark and Finland. Norway and Iceland opted out because of their natural resources which they wanted to protect from regulations. The two territories of Denmark are not in the EU but are in the European Economic area and with rights of abode. The Åaland Islands are in the EU.
Then there are the countries of the Nordic branch of Germanic languages which are Icelandic and Faroese (they have limited mutual inteligibility) and then Norwegian, Danish and Swedish which is a language continuum with a high level of mutual intelligibility between them. Finland is the odd one out as their language isn't even Indo-European which is the family of almost all European languages. The Saami is a minority group, cousins of the Finnish who live in the North of Finland, Sweden and Norway. There is also a Swedish. All people from all geographically Nordic countries have a high level of English if not bilingual with the exception of Russia. The people of Greenland speak an Inuit language totally unrelated to Europe which is similar to some languages in Northern Canada and the Eskimo of Alaska.
The following are Nordic countries and Territories with nordic crosses on their flags (Greenland has a half sun symbolic of their Innuit culture):
Iceland, Åaland Islands, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Faroe Islands and a symbolic flag for the Saami people which technically is a nation spread through several countries.
If Scotland were to separate from the UK in their next referendum they would have a strong case to join the Nordic groups ad no doubt would be admitted. There are also a couple more small Islands and provinces within the countries with their own flags.
The Shetland Islands of Northen Scotland with a notable historical relationship with Scandinavia has a Nordic cross on its flag.
@Miro: Are you sure it is missing? ;)
Not complaining, but where is the finnish flag?
My great-grandfather (paternal,paternal) was from Norway. I understand our name was spelled differently there and got changed in Ellis Island. I do see the odd Sponheim mentioned in Norwegian news; one being the police chief investigating the Oslo massacre.
Welcome Heather :)
Where are your ancestors from?
Well, you got any room on your sofa? I'll be glad to come live there, :D
Strictly speaking I created this group in hope to make notice of atheists living in any of the Nordic countries. But if you feel strongly about your lineage I will not stop you ;)
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